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kwokojance 02-14-2013 08:26 PM

motor smoking during rinse cycle
I am trying to troubleshoot an issue with my Maytag washing machine. First, when on the rinse cycle I noticed a loud squealing belt sound. I was on my way out, and let it run. Two days later the machine would not spin when on the rinse cycle. It would only hum and smell burnt. I turned it over and found the drive belt had broken. I had hoped that the burnt smell was only the belt. I replaced it with a cheap auto parts belt of the same length. I tested the motor with the belts off in the spin cycle and it spins freely and without problem (no smoking). I tested it with the washer pump belt attached (which I also replaced as it was quite loose), and again, no problem. Then I tested it with the drive belt on in the rinse cycle again, and it starts, but appears to do so with some hesitation. It picks up speed to about 1/5 normal speed and then stops after 3 seconds. It may be that the thermal protector trips. (However, it is not even warm to the touch) If repeated it starts smoking. I'm afraid I fried the motor, but I would like to rule out possible power supply or other issues. I'm hoping that there is no problem with the transmission causing greater than normal torque requirement, but it does spin freely when turned by hand; the tub that is. Is it apparent I'm a novice at this?

Gene 02-15-2013 04:04 PM

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The first thing I would do is replace both belts with OEM parts. Then adjust the pump belt tension as described in the attached file and give it a try.

- The belts kit Part number: 12112425

Part number: 12112425

Here are the breakdown diagrams and Parts for Maytag A608 -


kwokojance 02-23-2013 06:45 PM

Bingo! I replaced both belts with OEM parts and it did the trick. It goes through the rinse cycle just fine and with no smoking motor. Thanks a lot!

Gene 02-26-2013 08:58 PM

You are welcome. I'm glad it's up and running.


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